Distelzweig Named Columbus Police Chief

N/A(Photo: Walter Distelzweig named as Columbus Police Chief)
N/A(Photo: Walter Distelzweig named as Columbus Police Chief)

For the first time in nearly two decades, the City of Columbus has a new chief of police. He is long-time police commander Walter Distelzweig.

The 57-year old Distelzweig is a 34-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police. He most recently served as deputy chief.

Distelzweig succeeds James Jackson who is retiring this month. Jackson served as chief for nearly 19 years, but the city’s charter now says a police chief can serve no longer than 10 years.

Distelzweig says he does not know yet if the city needs more officers than it has now. He calls himself a hands-off manager who lets commanders, captains, lieutenants, sergeants and officers do their jobs.

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